Monday, June 1, 2020

Looking for Color Options is Easy with Bubbles

If you have ever seen a design on a product and wished the text or background was a different color, I'm going to let you in on a little color information as it relates to Zazzle designs. 

You may look at a product and wonder what that particular item would look like in green text or a blue background. Or you might consider adding your custom information if it was in red or orange. 

Well if you've been surfing through designs on Zazzle you may have ignored the colored dots to the right of the product image. If you did, allow me to show you what those are. 

I selected the children's coloring birthday party invitations below in my Papr Emporium store to show you. 
You might see the color bubbles as solid or as two colors shown below. The top row of Design Theme colors are what you'll see with the coloring birthday party invitation. The bottom row of solid bubbles is from a group of class reunion save the date products I have in the store. 
Not all products may be suited in a variety of colors or simply may not have been made with the color option in mind. 
The two images below show the bubbles for the background and specific text colors on this coloring theme invitation. You see the half white and half pink and half yellow and half black in this case on the birthday designs.

If you are familiar with technology, you know everything doesn't always work as expected. 
Now you know what those color bubbles are to the right of product images so keep an eye out and see how other colors look on those particular products. 

I would love to read your feedback so leave a comment. If you have any questions please ask especially if it has to do with a new color option on a product. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

4 Observations During The Pandemic Stay At Home Scenario

Have you taken time to consider all you've accomplished during the "Stay Home" situation? 

Are there things that we've done during the COVID-19 pandemic that we should consider doing more often in the future? Consider how some of our non-activity that has helped the environment, more family time spent doing things together and it may have shown some of us what new things we are good.

As a solopreneur, I noticed a pattern to what people were checking and purchasing during that time on Zazzle and in my sister stores TheAspenStand and PaPr Emporium

Family time brought together families to play board games, start gardens, spring cleaning, keep up with school work and jigsaw puzzles. I posed a story question on my Instagram account (@patriciaazphillips) about when was the last time before this lockdown that families sat to do games and puzzles. One follower said it's a family tradition to work on one at Christmas. 

A lot of families seemed to be enjoying it since puzzles became popular on Zazzle. One of my most popular designs is this chocolate Labrador with template text. It is available in a variety of sizes. If you are a dog lover, you might like checking out my Dogs category with a variety of dogs on a variety of products. 

Chocolate Lab Portrait California Poppies Template Jigsaw Puzzle

People found ways to let others know besides technical means that they were thinking about them. Greeting cards were searched more. My recent post on personalizing cards, 3 Simple Steps to Completely Personalize A Greeting Card, offered ideas on some of my most recently added greeting card designs like this adorable Alaskan Malamute who is featured on a multitude of products as a puppy and an adult. 

Funny Thinking Of You Alaskan Malamute Dog Photo Card

And businesses that remained open got busy trying to do their part in helping others. Zazzle was not different. It found a way to make cloth face masks and within no time thousands of designers were adding their favorite work to the new product. Here is my current most popular design. 

White Seahorse Skeleton Pattern Over Sea Green Cloth Face Mask

This mask is available with the background colors shown here.
Fabric was one product that I hadn't considered would be of big interest because I haven't designed a lot for it. Considering that many people are sewing cloth masks for themselves and masks to share it makes sense that a variety of fabric ideas like this southwestern designed cactus pattern were viewed. 

What one positive observation stands out in your mind of the time you have had to "Stay Home" during the pandemic?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

3 Simple Steps To Completely Personalize a Greeting Card

Most communication these days occurs via technical means even when we aren't locked down for a pandemic. We get a text from a family member, FaceTime with a friend or share information via social media. 

So for most of us, getting a greeting or note card or a handwritten note in the mail is an oddity. It can also be a pleasant surprise.

I have a fun idea for you that can be a sweet surprise for someone else. If you would love to surprise someone with a personalized message especially when physical contact isn't possible read on. 

You can recognize and surprise a neighbor, friend or someone nearby. Do a social distancing drop-off by walking over and placing it on the doorstep where they'll see it or mail it to someone far away. 

I have custom cards in my store with a wide variety of template greetings. This pandemic situation gave me an idea for the three cards in this post. They are all based around thinking of you, missing you or simply hello. 

All three of my newest cards in this post allow you to change the cover and inside text as many of my products do. I'll explain the subtle differences below.

Step One

Decide whether you want to change the template text I have added for the cover and inside to give a more personal touch with a name or shared favorite saying. 

Add a name to the cover, such as "Sandy, remember..." or add something on the inside that is personal to you and the recipient. 

Maybe you and your correspondent share a favorite saying, poem, or inspirational quote. Just know that there is only so much room inside the card but you can always remove the inside text to leave room for a handwritten message. 

Play around with replacement text ideas in the template fields. It's worth trying a few to see what does or does not look good.

Step Two

The second step involves replacing cover photographs. In this era we can find plenty of photos on our phone of good times together that we would like to share. Here's a way to share those snaps. 

I mainly use photographs that I've taken for my Zazzle designed products so I don't care if you don't replace those but I've used the  photographs from the free photo site Pixabay on the first two cards below so they are only placeholders. 

I've set the photographs so you MUST replace the placeholder photo cover in the first two designs here with your favorite photo before you can order. Now that's personal.

Miss You Friends Hanging Out Add Your Photo Card

Miss You Friends Hanging Out Add Your Photo Card

When you replace the photograph on this vertical format sepia tone card below, your photograph will have that sepia tone added. The tone is repeated on the inside of the card. 

If you try to order the cards that require a replacement photograph, you will receive a message like this.

Simply click the "personalize this template" in the upper right side of the page and you'll see where to make the photo replacement. A replacement photograph in the vertical or horizontal format of the card works best but you can always try a variety to see what works best for you. 

Here is a greeting card featuring my photograph of a sunbathing colorful collared lizard. You can leave this photo on the card or replace it with your favorite shot before ordering. You will not see the warning message when ordering if you leave the cover as you see it.

Miss You Lizard Sunbathing Add Your Photo Card

Miss You Lizard Sunbathing Add Your Photo Card

Step Three

Once you receive the card order and before sending it off to the recipient,  you can get crafty and personalize it or the envelope even more with special stickers, a tiny bow/ribbon affixed somewhere or add Washi (seen below) or glitter tape. 
It's easy to stay connected and surprise those who mean so much to you with a simple personal message so head to TheAspenStand for a look at the greeting card variety.

Thank you for stopping by to read the post. I would love to read your thoughts so please leave a comment.